A court in the German state of Hesse dismissed a legal suit on Tuesday from a 39-year-old Palestinian seeking German citizenship, on the grounds that he attended pro-Muslim Brotherhood seminars and represents a threat to the country's democracy.

The administrative court said that the Palestinian "supports attempts against the free, democratic order" because of his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Germany's intelligence agencies – the rough equivalent to the Shin Bet – monitor the Muslim Brotherhood because the Islamic organization is viewed as a threat to Germany's constitutional democracy, according to intelligence reports in the Federal Republic. "The Muslim Brotherhood and their allied organizations pursue on the whole anti-constitutional efforts," wrote the court in Hesse.

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